The European Parliament has backed proposals that would ensure small scale fishermen and coastal communities are strengthened. The report, drafted by Croatian ECR MEP Ruza Tomasic, on small-scale coastal fishing in regions dependent on fishing received a strong majority amongst MEPs.
Mrs Tomasic suggests better protection of non-industrial coastal fishing in regions which depend on fishing. Innovation and diversification should be the key tools to help the regions to survive. Furthermore, Tomasic calls on the European Commission to introduce a selective approach when developing legislative proposals on the use of fishing gear and techniques and to take into account the impact they have on non-industrial fishing resources in each relevant area.
Tomasic’s report looks at how the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) could help to diversify coastal economies, such as by investing in fish restaurants that sell local produce, and it calls for EU science and development funding to be used to invest in collection of data about Europe’s seas, and to promote more scientific research based in coastal regions.
Following the adoption of the report, she said:
Coastal fishing offers a way to help the regions which face depopulation, and it would be a shame if we do not embrace this opportunity.
For example, we can invest in industries related to fisheries, such as tourism and culture and in that way revitalise our coastal regions. The only way to keep the economies of coastal communities vibrant is to create jobs through innovation.
Ruza Tomasic is the President of the Croatian Conservative Party and a Member of the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) and of the Committee on Fisheries (PECH).
This arcticle was first published on our partner’s website ecrgroup.eu.